The Customs Department investigating the case in which a Security Assistant of Karipur Airport was caught with gold has found that the same person had assisted the gold smugglers based in Kasargod on three occasions earlier. The Customs Department found that the gold was sent by a person based in Dubai identified as Ummar Abdullah of Thalangara in Kasargod and gold bars were sold to jewellers in Kasargod district.
The Customs officers have found that Security Officer Manoj P had been assisting the racket operating under Ummar Abdullah for the past several months.
“The consignments sent by Ummar Abdullah via carriers are handed over to Manoj P, who is stationed on the corridor leading to the Immigration counter at Karipur Airport. Manoj safely takes the gold outside the airport and hands it over to Abdul Basheer who waits outside in his SUV. The gold is later handed over to Shamsudheen who is running a jewellery at Thalangara. Ummar Abdullah’s wife is the partner of another jewellery which is managed by Mahmood A S. This jewellery also received gold smuggled from Dubai,” the Customs official said.
The Customs after arresting Manoj, Abdul Basheer, Shamsudheen and Mahmood conducted raids on the jewelleries. They recovered `25.77 lakh which is suspected to have been received from the sale of smuggled gold. Similarly in the raid conducted on the jewellery where Ummar Abdullah’s wife holds shares, the Customs officials recovered a 1 kg gold bar and 60 gold coins with Arabic marking.
Customs officials suspect that the gold was smuggled from abroad. Customs officials said that they have started steps to trace the details about Ummar Abdullah and his involvement in smuggling cases in the past.
Meanwhile, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (Economic Offence) Court dismissed the bail petition of Manoj P, Abdul Basheer and Shamsudheen who were arrested in the case.
The court granted bail to Mahmood A S. K Biju who appeared for P C Iype, Special Prosecutor, Customs Department strongly opposed granting of bail to the accused persons. The court ordered stringent conditions for the release of Mahmood K S on bail. Altaf, the first accused in the case and the person who carried gold from Dubai to Karipur airport had been granted bail earlier.